Launched in January 2007, ZSL's EDGE of Existence programme prioritises species for conservation attention according to their degree of unique evolutionary history (Evolutionary Distinctiveness) weighted by conservation urgency (Global Endangerment, representing threat status according to the IUCN Red List). The world's most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species are not only on the verge of extinction but are also totally unique in the way they look, live and behave. These irreplaceable species include the long-beaked echidna (one of only two types of egg-laying mammal), the Chinese giant salamander (a newt that has reached human proportions) and the West Indian solenodons (the only mammals capable of injecting venom into their prey through their teeth). EDGE species are immediate priorities for conservation attention because if they disappear then millions of years of unique evolutionary history will be lost forever and there will be nothing like them left on earth.
Our research has identified a major gap in global conservation efforts: 64% of the world's top 100 EDGE mammals and 85% of the top 100 EDGE amphibians are currently receiving little or no conservation attention. These alarming figures are likely to be even higher in less well-known taxa. EDGE's mission is to secure the future of these forgotten species through supporting targeted on-the-ground action for priority EDGE species (EDGE Projects), building conservation capacity in regions in which priority EDGE species occur (through our Fellowship programme) and encouraging others to support and engage in EDGE species conservation.
For more information visit: www.edgeofexistence.org
Amur leopards are probably the most threatened big cat on the planet!
Thier fur is paler than other leopards with rosettes wider spaced, and their eyes are light blue-green. Furthermore, their very thick fur can reach up to 7.5 cm long in winter!
These magnificent beasts are capable of leaping 19 feet horizontally and more than 9 feet vertically!
Photos Courtesy of: Jackie Thomas
Far East Russia
Roe deer, sika deer, hares, and badgers
Walking the night with their nocturnal prowess. Unfinished dinners caught in the night are hidden so that other predators don't take what is rightfully theirs.
Not necessarily the "social butterfly" but rather is the hermitic type living solitarily
30-35 left in the wild
The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance created a conservation program to reduce illegal hunting, habitat destruction, build greater awareness of the issue within local villages, and provide deer farmers with compensation so they do not kill the leopards for harming their deer